Jerry Glick reporting from ringside: Over the years there have been many “grudge” fights, that often turn out to be no more than hype to create interest. Not in this case; Paulie Malignaggi and Adrien Broner really hate each other. Their feelings carried over into the post fight interviews and at the post fight press conference too. The fight was a tactical, well fought match between two guys who know how to box and to get under each other’s skin.
One thing is for sure, the tension between WBA Welterweight champion Paul “The Magic Man” Malignaggi and his challenger WBC Lightweight title holder Adrien “The Problem” Broner was real. These guys do not like each other. After Broner annexed his third world title in as many weight classes, the 23 year old told ShowTime’s interviewer Jim Gray that not only did he take Malignaggi’s title, took his girl friend too. This after Paulie did the classy thing by going over to Broner and making peace before the decision was announced.
That led to a near melee as calmer heads separated the fighters before Malignaggi-Broner II took place in the same ring, five minutes after the first fight. It appears that the irreverent Broner likes to be the bad guy.
The ten fight card took place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre and attracted 11,461 satisfied fans on the latest Golden Boy Promotion at the venue. Interestingly, the only problem with the show had nothing to do with the participants, it was the ring itself. Apparently there was a loose or broken board in the center that fortunately had no affect on the safety of the fighters.
Things started fast for the defending champ as he came out working behind a jab, and followed that jab with quick flurries. Not much steam behind those punches but, nevertheless, they appeared to get Broner’s attention. As much as Malignaggi, 32-5 (7 KOs), threw, Broner, 27-0 ((22 KOs), did not. The challenger’s work rate was low, but he still managed to land more often than Malignaggi,
Malignaggi threw 843 punches landing 214, but Broner, who tossed only 524 connected 246 times. Most of what Broner threw were well placed counters that landed on the champion’s face. His punches were more solid, and that is what made him the winner. Still it was a fine effort by Malignaggi who wasn’t given a very good chance of winning by the experts.
What happened to Adrien Broner’s superior punch? Yes he hit harder than Paul Malignaggi, 146 ½, but he never had the Brooklyn Italian in trouble. Broner, 146 ¾. is now the WBA Welterweight Champion after taking a split decision by scores of 115-113 twice, once for each man and 117-111 for Broner. The new champion is from Cincinnati and admitted that winning by only a split decision in the other guy’s home town was a good win. Benji Estevez refereed.
At the post fight press conference Malignaggi made reference to his 32 year old legs, saying that Broner would not have been competitive against a 25 year old version of him. He added that he no longer likes to make the big sacrifice of training camp to prepare for the big fights. Is he thinking about retiring? Probably not. It sounded more like he was in the moment and a good rest will put things in prospective.
As for Broner, Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer could not say whether he will defend the 147 pound belt, go to 140 or go back down to lightweight. All are possible for him. Broner said that he wants the fans to tell him who to face next. If the fans talk they might just say Floyd Mayweather.
Johnathon Banks, 216, from Detroit, MI, and Seth Mitchell, 243, from Brandywine, MD, were expected to supply fireworks as they did in their first meeting in November of 2012 but they were tentative and provoked boos on many occasions during their fight. They are both power punchers and appeared to have no desire to mix it up. They did once with Banks, 29-2-1 (19 KOs), taking a right uppercut followed by a chopping right to the head which deposited him on the canvas.
They struggled throughout trading the lead. Rounds were close but not exciting. The Judges tallied 115-112, 114-112, and 117-109 all for new NABO & WBC International Heavyweight Champion Seth Mitchell, now, 26-1-1 (19 KOs). Mike Ortega refereed.
Sakio Bika, 167, won the vacant WBC Super Middleweight title with a majority decision over Marco Antonio Periban, 167 ¼, after an awkward, wild swinging affair that saw both men swing from the rafters and mostly miss their punches, but Bika landed enough punches to win the title. The Judges scored it 114-114, even, and 116-112, and 115-113, for Bika. Bika wins a title on his fourth try.
Bika, 32-5-2 (21 KOs), threw 635 and landed 176, while Mexico City, Mexico’s, Periban, 20-1 (13 KOs), tossed a total of 579 punches and landed 168 of them. The blows that landed were most often not very clean. It was a sloppy fight that ended with two exhausted warriors. The 168 pound division is loaded and if Bika, from Sydney, Australia, wants to face Ward or Froch, as he said after his win, he better improve his game. Against Periban, it was a matter of who missed less. Harvey Dock refereed.
Philly’s Julian Williams,155, had Joachim Alcine, 154, from Haiti, down in the first, fourth, and fifth rounds and had him in bad shape on many other occasions to take a unanimous decision by a score of 77-72 from all three judges. Williams improved to 13-0-1 (7 KOs), and Alcine fell to 33-5-1 (19 KOs). Steve Willis refereed.
Alcine showed tremendous heart as he absorbed a lot of punishment only to come back fighting even managing to snap Williams’ head back in the final round of eight. Referee Willis could have stopped it on a number of occasions but allowed Alcine to make it to a decision. Williams improved to
Marcus Browne, 176.8, was in complete command from the start. He chased tall, lanky Ricardo Campillo, 176, catching him with a right/left from his southpaw stance, adding a left that decked Campillo. Up but shaky, he takes punches until his corner waves it off at one minute of round two. Brown is now 5-0 all KOs, and Campillo falls to 7-7-1 (5 KOs).Earl Brown refereed.
Rau’Shee Warren, 117.6, dominated Jovany Fuentes, 116.8, decking him with straight lefts from his southpaw stance, but finished the fight with a right to the head that dropped Fuentes, 5-2 (4 KOs), in the second frame. When he got up his corner signaled referee Gonzalez to end it at 1:04. Warren improved to 13-0-1 (8 KOs).
Juan Dominguez, 121, started slow landing a left to the body then a right followed by a left hook to the head dropping Bradley Patraw, 122.6, at 1;36 of the first frame. Referee Gonzalez decided that he had had enough and waved it off without a ten count. Dominguez is now 15-0 (11 KOs), and Patraw falls to 9-6 (5 KOs).
Frank Galarza 155, 10-0-2 (6 KOs), had it mostly his way dishing out combinations to the head and body working behind a hard jab stopping Romon Barber, 155, now 4-5 (3 KOs), at 1:54 of round four.
After hammering Barber into a corner, Galarza threw a combination to the head followed by a straight right that dropped Barber prompting referee Earl Brown to stop the fight without a count.
Galarza is eager to make things happen in his career but he knows that he needs to hone his skills before being thrown to the wolves.
“I feel that I’m ready,” said Galarza. “But I know that I need seasoning before I go for the top. Two or three more fights like this so I can work on a few things, then I’ll be ready.”
He showed a fine jab that he used to set up his attack, “I worked on my jab with my trainer Nirmal,” he explained. I want to land three and by the third I want it to bust my opponent’s nose.”
After a low blow by Galarza his opponent tapped gloves with him but Frankie was less than friendly. He tapped then turned it into a punch, “Hey, it’s a fight.”
Robert Easter Jr., 133, remained unbeaten after dishing out a beating to a willing Antoine Knight, 132.6, who ran out of gas and was stopped at 1:46 of the third frame after being decked in the second. Knight falls to 2-4 (1 KO), as Easter improved to 5-0 all by stoppage. Steve Willis refereed.
Jamel Herring 133, now 4-0 (2 KOs), boxes like a southpaw Floyd Mayweather. He out fought and out punched opponent Calvin Smith,132, now 2-4 (0 KOs), over four tough rounds. Smith hung in until the end losing a unanimous decision, 40-36 twice and 40-35. Ricky Gonzalez refereed.
June 22, 2013